Proposed budget funds nonprofit groups, others at their current allocations

Published 12:25 pm Monday, April 16, 2018

Washington’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 allocates $71,490 to outside agencies, $8,000 less than allocated in the current budget.

That $8,000 difference in the proposed budget reflects a one-time $8,000 contribution to Open Door Community Center in the current budget.

The proposed budget also appropriates $431,580 for economic-development entities such as the Washington Harbor District Alliance, Washington-Warren Airport and Arts of the Pamlico. The proposed budget includes the airport as an economic-development entity, and it allocates a $244,769 subsidy for the airport. City officials view the airport as an economic-development tool.

Not included in the proposed budget is a request from the Beaufort County Police Activities League for $5,000 a year to help it pay the monthly operating expenses of its Aviation, Technology and Fitness Center adjacent to Washington-Warren Airport. The center’s STEM program offers aviation- and boating-related activities for area youth. City officials received the request after the proposed budget was drafted.

Alvin Powell, BCPAL’s director, explained the request to the council during its April 9 meeting. Powell noted that cost overruns associated with building the center exceeded $50,000, putting a strain on BCPAL finances.

The council took no action on the request. That likely will come when the council begins its budget work sessions the week of April 23.

Unless the City Council changes their allocations, eleven outside agencies are receiving the same amount of money in the proposed budget as they received in the current budget. The proposed allocations follow:

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plains, $10,368;
  • Zion Shelter and Kitchen, $6,120;
  • Wright Flight, $2,268;
  • The Blind Center, $810;
  • Eagle’s Wings, $648;
  • Special Olympics (in-kind rental), $3,024;
  • Pamlico Pals/Horizon (In-kind rental), $3,528;
  • Beaufort County Police Activities League (in-kind rental), $1,260;
  • Sound Rivers (in-kind rental), $24,024;
  • Purpose of God Annex, $12,960;
  • Cornerstone Worship Center, $6,480.

The proposed budget allocates the following amounts for economic-development efforts performed by various entities:

  • Washington-Warren Airport, $244,769 subsidy;
  • Economic-development projects, $60,000;
  • Washington Harbor District Alliance, $40,176;
  • North Carolina Estuarium, $12,960;
  • Arts of the Pamlico, $10,368;
  • Optimist Club of Washington (Christmas parade), $972;
  • Washington Civic Center subsidy, $$35,000;
  • Washington Civic Center (maintenance), $15,000;
  • Washington Civic Center (insurance), $7,335.

Overall, the proposed budget appropriates $431,580 for these entities.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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